On Thursday, March 3, Acting Commissioner, Cathleen Bennett and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Tina Tan, kicked off the #ZapZika event, to inform the community of concerns with the virus and travel risks. The Zika virus is an infection caused by the Aedes mosquito. Outbreaks usually occur in tropical areas. Zika can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, who develops a condition called Microcephaly, where the baby’s head is much smaller than expected. It can occur because a baby’s brain has not developed properly during pregnancy or has stopped growing after birth.. Until more is known about the link between Zika and these outcomes, CDC recommends special precautions for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. No FDA approved vaccine or medicine is available for Zika yet. NJ Department of Health is communicating with healthcare providers and local health officers to increase awareness through public campaigns and continued outreach and education.
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